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Braves fans give Brooks Conrad a round of applause

Oct 11, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

Jeff Fletcher of FanHouse is at Turner Field and he just tweeted that fans just gave Brooks Conrad a standing ovation as he stood in the outfield during batting practice.

That makes me happy.

Braves fans, as I have said on numerous occasion, are not the best fans in the world. They have to be cajoled to show up. They have to be cajoled into cheering. In some ways they’re worse than fair weather fans because they don’t even show up in fair weather unless it’s seen as the fashionable thing to do.  And don’t even get me started on the Chop. Dear GOD I hate the Chop.

But they’re decent people for the most part. They don’t boo guys. That might offend a lot of you because, hey, sometimes people need booin’, but it fits my temperament just fine.  They generally understand that athletes are human beings with their own lives and stresses and concerns.  It’s hard to get amped up for a Braves game in that environment, but it’s nice to know that the person sitting next to you is probably a decent human being.

Still stinging over the Conrad play. Ready and willing to let it go though and hope for the best tonight.  Glad to see the fans in Atlanta giving him a warm reception so far.

I’m sure I’ll be posting after the game tonight.  Talk to you then.

  1. G2 - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Would they boo Frank Wren if he was standing in the outfield for not having a remotely acceptable replacement?

  2. Filmter - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Nice, but Giants fans have been applauding Conrad for the past 18 hours. He’ll see action tonight in a pinch spot and get a standing O.

  3. JCD - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Good to hear. They all probably read Dave O’Brien’s article telling everyone what a great guy Brooks Conrad is, it was a great read.

  4. scatterbrian - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Is there anyone out there who is still looking forward to Conan? It as though TBS is actively trying to kill Conan’s baseball fan demographic….

  5. eli - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    G2 – In fairness to Wren, Conrad began the season as the second infielder off the bench for the Braves after Infante. Losing Chipper and Prado is the only reason he was on the field. I would imagine that Conrad is better than the player in that same position on the vast majority of teams in the league including those that made the playoffs.

  6. SDelMonte - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I love my town, but we all know that fans of both NYC teams would be booing so loud you could hear them in Philly.

  7. Tim's Neighbor - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Wow. How many major-league ready infielders do you think most people have in their system? Especially teams with a cap of about 85 million. Come on, injuries happen.

  8. ScottBravesfan - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I don’t know why this is hard to understand for people in the national media, but Atlanta is full of transplants. They do not care about Atlanta sports teams. They are Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs, Cardinals, Tiger, etc fans. The city of Atlanta’s population has went from 1 million people to over 5.5 million people in 20 years. That is from people moving from the north east and mid west to Atlanta. Those people are already grown and are not going to change their team’s allegiance. The Braves fan base is a regional fan base. People from Alabama, the Carolinas, Tennessee, south Georgia, Mississippi, and even Florida. That’s our fan base. It’s kind of impossible to drive from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA for a Monday night game when you have work and you have kids. That’s why the weekend games sell out or come close to it during the summer and the weekday games have about 20,000 people at them. There are more Braves fans outside of metro Atlanta than inside of it. And they are the only Atlanta team that got it and actually marketed themselves to the region. That’s why the Braves actually have a national fan base, that and from being on TBS for 30 years. Check our ratings on TV and radio and compare them to anyone else’s in the nation. Even the ESPN director of programming mentioned the Braves as one of the teams they like to have on their games because they traditionally draw large national ratings. So if tonight’s game is not sold out, don’t cry and say Braves fans suck. Because they don’t. They just don’t live within driving distance of the stadium to get there on a weekday night.
    Also the south produces more baseball players than any other region. Georgia and Florida are youth baseball hot beds. So show some respect because most of the players you root for are most likely from: Georgia, Florida, Texas, or California.

  9. ScottBravesfan - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Also how come other cities don’t catch heat for not selling out playoff games? The Dodgers had thousands of empty seats for game 2 last year against the Cardinals. The upper deck was empty down the foul lines. The A’s and the Reds also never sold out playoff games, although the Reds did sell out last night. But they also didn’t draw flies down the stretch. But no other team ever catches heat for it. But the Braves fail to sell out a 1pm playoff game on a Tuesday and it’s the end of the freaking world. Some of the people in the media act like they have ownership stock in the Braves or something.

  10. Judy - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    I find it nothing short of BIZARRE that Braves fans would give a Standing O to the guy who blew the game for them.
    But then again, I’m from Philly.

  11. G2 - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    I’m not talking about major league ready, just a guy that can do better than 8 errors in 6 games. Maybe Conrad is normally that guy and a couple bad defensive plays has screwed him up psychologically. Maybe Rick Ankiel offered him advice about how to overcome a couple bad plays. I know Prado’s injury happened so late in the season that it made it impossible to add from the outside, but there has to be some flotsam in their system like Joe Thurston that can take the field and not be a complete liability.
    I hope, as probably most of the country hopes, that Conrad can come up with a big hit today to redeem himself.

  12. Travis W - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Classy.

  13. Flyinghigh - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Sorry but that dude is the worst infielder I have seen in years. Second base, third base it doesn’t matter and he shouldn’t be on a major league roster. Hell he shouldn’t be on a minor league roster. The Braves should have had a better bench replacement that could play adequate defense. I don’t care if a reserve hits as long as he can catch the ball.

  14. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Republicans gave George W. Bush an ovation when he left office too. Conrad is the least of it.

  15. Judy - Oct 12, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Good point. And lots of Braves fans probably voted for him, LOL!

  16. El Rayo X - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    For what it’s worth, the position of every fellow Giants fan I have talked to echoed Buster Posey’s sentiments – “I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.” That being said, we’ll take it. I think Los Gigantes had the better team overall, also helped by Atlanta being pretty banged up…
    Philly will be a challenge, the Giants will have to keep up the pitching AND find their bats to get to the WS…
    I thought that the Giants stopping and giving props to Bobby Cox was a class move, for a class guy.

  17. froggy - Oct 12, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Again – a class guy who once beat his wife and has been ejected a zillion times.
    This narrative is weak.

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